Walters W.H.,Menlo College
Library Resources and Technical Services | Year: 2012
Patron-driven acquisition (PDA), also known as demand-driven acquisition, patron-initiated purchasing, or books on demand, allows patrons to select and purchase books for the library collection without staff mediation or oversight. This essay presents the argument that PDA programs are unlikely to improve the quality of academic library collections. In particular, they risk failing to distinguish between students' immediate desires and their long-term educational needs, making poor use of librarians' knowledge and expertise, failing to represent the full range of library stakeholders, and producing collections that are biased or poorly balanced. Although PDA can lead to efficiencies in information delivery, those efficiencies do not necessarily support the broader educational goals of the academic library.
Walters W.H.,Menlo College
Journal of Informetrics | Year: 2014
Unlike Impact Factors (IF), Article Influence (AI) scores assign greater weight to citations that appear in highly cited journals. The natural sciences tend to have higher citation rates than the social sciences. We might therefore expect that relative to IF, AI overestimates the citation impact of social science journals in subfields that are related to (and presumably cited in) higher-impact natural science disciplines. This study evaluates that assertion through a set of simple and multiple regressions covering seven social science disciplines: anthropology, communication, economics, education, library and information science, psychology, and sociology. Contrary to expectations, AI underestimates 5IF (five-year Impact Factor) for journals in science-related subfields such as scientific communication, science education, scientometrics, biopsychology, and medical sociology. Journals in these subfields have low AI scores relative to their 5IF values. Moreover, the effect of science-related status is considerable-typically 0.60 5IF units or 0.50 SD. This effect is independent of the more general finding that AI scores underestimate 5IF for higher-impact journals. It is also independent of the very modest curvilinearity in the relationship between AI and 5IF. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Rothenberger M.A.,University of Nevada, Las Vegas |
Kao Y.-C.,Menlo College |
Van Wassenhove L.N.,INSEAD
Information and Management | Year: 2010
Building upon the software quality and productivity literature, we proposed a construct of development quality as the key determinant of software development productivity and product quality. We validated the model by analyzing software project data collected from a benchmarking consortium in India. Our empirical results showed that an increase in development quality was positively associated with increases in both, development productivity and product quality, while we controlled for the impact of other productivity and quality factors. Our work highlighted the importance of concentrating on quality efforts during the development process, which is consistent with the use of Total Quality principles in manufacturing. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All righs reserved.
Barkhi R.,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University |
Kao Y.-C.,Menlo College
Information and Management | Year: 2011
We studied how psychological climate can influence performance of members in groups that interact using Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS). Drawing on theories in psychology, we conducted an experiment to examine the impact of psychological climate (the individual's perceptions of the environment) on decision-making performance. Controlling for settings of GDSS session, we found that individual performance depended on two dimensions of the psychological climate. First, GDSS users perceiving a higher level of psychological safety made more effective and efficient decisions. Second, GDSS users perceiving higher level of psychological meaningfulness made better decisions if they had a clear understanding of the decision goal. Our study therefore highlighted the importance of individual psychological perceptions in a GDSS context. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Chen A.,Menlo College
Proceedings ACM SIGUCCS User Services Conference | Year: 2014
We all have implemented projects and/or services that haven't gone quite as well as we had hoped. In some cases, they have gone completely sideways, and the community of users have a bad taste left in their mouths. How might one "restart" such a service and gain a new foothold with users? What rebranding methods should be considered? How much effort is required? In Fall 2014, Menlo College rebranded and re-launched its virtual desktop implementation (VDI) offering. Historically, this service has suffered an unfavorable perception by the community through misinformation, little to no cultural education, and performance problems. We will discuss what we've done, the challenges we faced, the process we used and lessons learned. Please note that, due to the publishing deadline for this paper, full implementation has not yet been completed.